Thursday, August 22, 2013

Catching Up on Recent Sightings

After a few weeks grandparenting from Muskegon to Ohio to California and back, I'm able to attend to this page again.

On Saturday Aug. 17 Feller and Charlie DeWitt led a group of 16 people on the Wastewater properties seeing very good numbers of shorebirds plus a few other species including several Dickcissels.

On Tuesday Aug. 20 Joseph Lautenbach and Kevin Vande Vusse saw a juvenile Little Gull (photos below) at the Wastewater mixed in with a group of Bonaparte's Gulls in the easternmost (dry) churning lagoon, Semipalmated, Baird's, Stilt, Upland and Pectoral Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plover, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers, and Eared Grebe, Wilson's and Red-necked Phalaropes (southeast corner of East Lagoon) and three Orchard Orioles along the east dike in the ditch.

At Lane's Landing a flock of more than 40 Bobolink flew over them, they kicked up a Green Heron and an American Bittern on the east side of the marsh, and had 5 Wilson's Snipe and a lone Solitary Sandpiper fly over.

Today Chip Francke spent a couple hours at the Wastewater reporting "a decent shorebird day" with the majority concentrated in the southeast corner of the East Lagoon: Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs (abundant), Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper (13), Short-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope (4) and Red-necked Phalarope (19), plus at least one Eared Grebe in the West Lagoon.

- Ric

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